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“Tempted” by Molly O’Keefe

18 Feb

TemptedI’m late, I’m late, for a very important date…¹

So this month’s TBR Challenge is ‘series catchup.’

Which is usually embarrassing, because these days there are very few, if any, series I follow, so it’s not easy to be behind on any.

Or it wouldn’t be, if it weren’t for the awful, terrible, no-good, apotheosis of a reading slump of 2015.

Which, looking for the silver lining here, means that this year I did have at least one title in a series languishing in the (digital) TBR pile.

So, yay! (and very much so, because I loved this one!)

(Edited to add: a trigger warning for suicide of a secondary character, on the page.)

“Tempted,” by Molly O’Keefe.

This is the second (and hopefully not the last) in Ms O’Keefe’s Into the Wild series, about sisters Melody and Anne, and their lives in Colorado in the late 1860s. Here, have a blurb:

Denver, 1869

Annie Denoe has fought hard for her independence. She has a new life and new freedom as the assistant to a doctor, and though she risks both propriety and her safety, she is determined to be happy in a life on her own.

Steven Baywood is trying to rebuild his shattered life, even though the ghosts of his harrowing stay in Andersonville prison still haunt him. He craves Annie and her quiet strength, but he can’t give her the love she deserves. When a tragedy changes everything for Annie, can Steven find peace with his past in order to give Annie a future?

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“Seduced” by Molly O’Keefe

20 Feb

SeducedMs O’Keefe’s work is often recommended and widely praised in the circles of romance blogland that I visit most. And yet, I had never read anything by her.

Not too long ago, I saw mention of this story somewhere (perhaps at Dear Author or SmartBitches sales posts?), and decided to get it.

I’m so very glad I did!

Be aware that there is violence on the page, and a backstory that includes rape.

“Seduced” by Molly O’Keefe

A novella roughly a hundred and fifty pages long, “Seduced” is a historical western. More specifically, is a romance set in the late 1860s in the mountains, near Denver.

I was very impressed with how much emotional impact Ms O’Keefe managed to pack in such a limited word count. It helps that there are only five characters in the story, but still.

The blurb, from the author’s site:
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